Step by step a path, stone by stone, a cathedral. (source unknown )
Along with my son, Paul, I embarked on a Book of Revelation paint project. Below i recorded the progress and finish. We learned much through this hands on effort.
About the art project
Research included medieval manuscripts and Psalters. However, we didn't recopy any of them. Our paintings were original creations.
My completed triptych has a completely different "feel" than other pieces in my collection, as you can now see. The pieces have a more illustrative quality.
The COMPLETED WORKS
The Lamb is Worthy #1 In Triptych scene one, John, who has been exiled on Patmos, reports a vision of the heavenly throne (an altar) as the Lamb takes the book and proceeds to open it (Rev 5:7-8). Lightning flashes, thunder sounds, voices are heard. The twenty-four ancients, the living creatures and seraphim represent the court of “thousands and thousands” (Rev 5:1) who worship before the throne. Seven lamps, representing the seven spirits of God, burn before the throne. Upon the opening of the seals, the four horsemen are revealed, as well as the souls in white robes who were slain for their testimony. The sun becomes black and the moon becomes blood red, the earth quakes, and the four winds howl. Six of seven trumpets appear. The first four trumpets are sounded and the earth reels with violence: thunder and lightning, hail storms, fires and blood stained seas chastise earth’s inhabitants.
The Woman Clothed with the Sun #2 In the second triptych scene, the highest point is the temple of God, opened in heaven (Rev 11:19). We see the vision of the woman clothed in the sun and the dragon as her persecutor. The child she bore is about to be taken up to God while she is given wings “that she might fly into the desert” (Rev 12:14). The enemy pursues her but he has no power over her. Michael and the angels drive the dragon and his angels from heaven and they can no longer enter. The good angels guard the gates and one holds the key (Rev 9:1). The dragon goes to wreak havoc on the earth and against the woman’s offspring who are symbolized by the seven foot soldiers. John looks on in anticipation as the fallen angels (those stars cast by the dragon’s tail) arrive on earth to make war. The angel with the seventh trumpet proclaims God’s reign while another cries “woe” to the wicked. The seven vials, hovering in the clouds, harken the arrival of further chastisements.
Rev.16, "I am the root and stock of David, the bright and morning star.....Title: "King of kings, Lord of Lords #3 In the third and final triptych scene, we see Christ upon the white horse, with a two edged sword, many diadems, eyes as a flame, and “on his garment and on his thigh is written King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Rev 19:16). The star over his shoulder and behind the ivory throne recalls his words “I am the bright and morning star” (Rev 22:16). He “treadeth the winepress” (Rev 19:15). The winepress also recalls that “Blessed are they that wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb” (22:14) and finally the sacrifice of the Lamb- note the chalice. Below the winepress the angel holds a banner “The word of God”. Pictured in the jeweled window we see a glimpse of the worship which is taking place within the Kingdom. We see the pearled gates with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. Above Christ (in the arch), we see the tree of life, the river, verdant vines, the angels in adoration and above all this, the heavenly Jerusalem- glowing white. Below the glorious scene of victory and eternal bliss we see the defeat of Babylon and the death of the harlot. There’s confusion in the city as indicated in Revelation Chapter 18. One angel sends the birds while another drops the millstone. The wicked are condemned to hell, while others escape the wrath of God (Rev 18:4). On the left, Michael declares “Babylon has fallen”. The very final scene in Revelations is not depicted here, but anticipated. I have included John, on the right, who concludes the Book with these words “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all”.
About Paul's piece:
completed 23x30 in egg tempera on archival paper:
"This work is divided into three conjoined paintings, each depicting a different state: heaven, earth, and hell.
The first painting (top) shows Christ as the image of the Father in Heaven. He is surrounded by the New Jerusalem at the top right and left, the 24 elders on either side, and the four living creatures. He is head of the Trinity, whose other two Persons are represented in the second painting.
The second state, Earth, is separated from the first by clouds. The Church on Earth is depicted with Christ, the Lamb of God on an altar, and the Holy Spirit, represented as the seven lampstands and active in the faithful as tongues of fire. Mary, the mother of the church holds the Christ Child aloft as St. Michael fends off the great red dragon. The members of the Body, the Church, are below on earth in pilgrimage. St. John, the writer of the Book of the Apocalypse peers in through the frame as before him the earth devolves into the netherworld.
The third painting depicts the state of hell, and features the diabolical parody of the Trinity with whom heaven battles. The dragon, being the chief of the devils, parodies God the Father. The leopard-like first beast at the bottom is a parody of the Lamb because of the wound from which he recovered and his association with a woman. The second beast parodies the Holy Spirit, because he seals the foreheads of the damned with his own symbol. In the midst of the trio sits the whore of Babylon, the unholy counterpart to the holiness of Mary. She offers the blood of martyrs for drunkenness instead of the blood of Christ.
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